Nov 2, 2011 3:26 PM by Marnee Banks (Helena)
HELENA - Sandy Welch has entered the race to become Montana's next Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Welch, running as a Republican, has spent 17 years working as a teacher and school administrator. She currently works as a grant writer and small business consultant and says she is running because too many Montana students don't read at grade level.
Welch says the federal No Child Left Behind program was a good start to monitoring student achievement, but she feels others measures need to be added into the mix.
"When I talk to administrators from around the state, I hear their frustration. OPI has unreasonable mandates and repeated demands that keep them from focusing on the education of our students," Welch said.
Welch is challenging Democrat incumbent Denise Juneau for the position.